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Yet jarring sects convulse a sister isle,
And light with maddening hands the mutual pile.
""Tis done, 'tis past, since Pallas warns in vain; The Furies seize her abdicated reign:
Wide o'er the realm they wave their kindling brands,
And Gaul shall weep ere Albion wear her chains.
But when the field is fought, the battle won,
NOTES TO THE CURSE OF MINERVA.
1.-Page 261, line 22.
That closed their murder'd sage's latest day!
SOCRATES drank the hemlock a short time before sunset (the hour of execution), notwithstanding the entreaties of his disciples to wait till the sun went down.
2.-Page 262, line 6.
The queen of night asserts her silent reign;
The twilight in Greece is much shorter than in our own country; the days in winter are longer, but in summer of less duration.
3.-Page 262, line 16.
The gleaming turret of the gay kiosk,
The kiosk is a Turkish summer-house; the palm is without the present walls of Athens, not far from the temple of Theseus, between which and the tree the wall intervenes. Cephisus' stream is indeed scanty, and Ilissus has no stream at all.
4.-Page 262, line 20.
And dull were his that pass'd them heedless by.
[The Temple of Theseus is the most perfect ancient edifice in the world. In this fabric, the most enduring stability, and a simplicity of design peculiarly striking, are united with the highest elegance and accuracy of workmanship.-HOBHOUSE.]
5.-Page 263, line 30.
Thy country sends a spoiler worse than both.
[In the original MS.
"Ah, Athens! scarce escaped from Turk and Goth.
6.-Page 263, line 33.
These Cecrops placed, this Pericles adorn'd,
This is spoken of the city in general, and not of the Acropolis in particular. The temple of Jupiter Olympius, by some supposed the Pantheon, was finished by Hadrian; sixteen columns are standing, of the most beautiful marble and architecture.
7.- Page 263, line 38.
The insulted wall sustains his hated name:
[On the original MS. is written
"Aspice quos Pallas Scoto concedit honores
8.-Page 264, line 12.
When Venus half avenged Minerva's shame."
His lordship's name, and that of one who no longer bears it, are carved conspicuously on the Parthenon; above, in a part not far distant, are the torn remnants of the basso-relievos, destroyed in a vain attempt to remove them. [In another place there was deeply cut in a plaster wall the words
"QUOD NON FECERUNT GOTI,
9.-Page 264, line 21.
And well I know within that bastard land
"Irish bastards," according to Sir Callaghan O'Brallaghan.
10.-Page 265, line 26.
And own himself an infant of fourscore.
Mr. West, on seeing the "Elgin Collection," (I suppose we shall hear of the "Abershaw" and "Jack Shephard" collection) declared himself 66 a mere tyro" in art.
11.-Page 265, line 30.
And marvel at his lordship's 'stone shop' there.
Poor Crib was sadly puzzled when the marbles were first exhibited at Elgin House; he asked if it was not "a stone shop?"-He was right; it is a shop.
12.-Page 266, line 20.
Your old ally yet mourns perfidious war.
[The affair of Copenhagen.]
13.-Page 267, line 11.
'Blest paper credit;' who shall dare to sing
"Blest paper credit! last and best supply,
That lends Corruption lighter wings to fly."-- POPE.
14.-Page 267, line 30.
And pirates barter all that's left behind.
The Deal and Dover traffickers in specie.
AN APOSTROPHIC HYMN.
"Qualis in Eurotæ ripis, aut per juga Cynthi, Exercet Diana choros."-VIRGIL.
"Such on Eurota's banks, or Cynthia's height,